There are different levels of sporting achievements. National, Continental, World and Olympic level more or less cover all the sporting achievements. The most Olympic Gold medals as win is one achievement that top any list of achievements. Arguably so, while there have been thousands of Olympians, the number gets lowered when medalists are counted. The number further goes down when the gold medalists are counted and there’s one more level which very few people have achieved. Today, we’ll talk about 5 Sports Celebrities with the top most achievement, i.e. winning the most Olympic gold medals.
5. Paavo Nurmi
The Flying Finn or Phantom Finn, as he would be called by fans, is one of the greatest Track and Field Athletes to ever enter an athletics track. The Finnish Athlete Paavo Nurmi represented his country into 3 Olympics though he could play his fourth at the Los Angeles 1932 Summer Games but for the IAAF decision ruling him out based on an investigation into his amateur status.
Nurmi participated at the Antwerp 1920, Paris 1924 & Amsterdam 1928 Summer Games and won an overall count of 12 Olympics Medals with 9 Gold and 3 Silver Medals. Honestly, he could further add medals to his tally should IAAF (now World Athletics) allowed him to participate at Los Angeles Games. Still more than 9 decade hence, he’s among the top few. The Great Paavo Nurmi is, thus, fifth on the list of Sports Celebrities with the most Olympic Gold medals.
The Soviet Gymnast went on to become the most successful female athlete ever. She holds the record for the most Olympic medals as a female sportsperson. Her record has been so prominent in the world of sports that she was the record holder for the most Olympic medals till London 2012 Summer Games when Michael Phelps would overpass her tally.
Latynina participated at the Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960 & Tokyo 1964 Summer Games and won an overall count of 18 Olympics Medals with 9 Gold, 5 Silver & 4 Bronze Medals. Great Larisa Latynina is, thus, fourth on the list of Sports Celebrities with the most Olympic Gold medals.
3. Mark Spitz
Called by his fans & friends as Mark the Shark, the US Swimmer went on to become one of the most successful athletes ever. His record has been so prominent in the world of sports that he was the record holder for the most Olympic gold medals from single edition till London 2012 Summer Games when Michael Phelps would overpass his tally. His wins were so profound that these were also world records.
Splitz participated at the Mexico City 1968 & Munich 1972 Summer Games and won an overall count of 11 Olympics Medals with 9 Gold & 2 Silver Medals. Great Mark Spitz is, thus, third on the list of Sports Celebrities with the most Olympic Gold medals.
In Olympics: India at Antwerp 1920
2. Carl Lewis
King Carl as he would be named by Media, the US Track & Field Athlete went on to become one of the most prominent names from the world of sports. Such was his achievement that out of 10 Olympic medals that he won, 9 were gold medals. He also won 8 World Championships gold medals in an overall tally of 10 World Championships medals.
Lewis participated at the Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996 Summer Games and won an overall count of 10 Olympics Medals with 9 Golds & a Silver Medal. Great Carl Lewis is, thus, second on the list of Sports Celebrities with the most Olympic Gold medals.
1. Michael Phelps: Winner of the Most Olympic Gold Medals
The Baltimore Bullet or Flying Fish, as he would be called by fans & media, the US Swimmer would go on to become the most celebrated sportsperson & Olympian of all time. Michael Phelps would go on to win the most World Championships Medals and among these gather the most World Championships gold medals as well. His records are immense, as immense as there are hardly any achievements, he hasn’t pocketed in the world of swimming.
Phelps participated at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 & Rio 2016 Summer Games and won an overall count of 28 Olympics Medals with 23 Gold, 3 Silver & 2 Bronze Medals. Great Michael Phelps is, thus, atop the list of Sports Celebrities with the most Olympic Gold medals.